Wayne Routledge Could Be Newcastle’s Missing Link

We’ve already talked more than once about what a good acquisition Wayne Routledge looks to be at the moment.

Wayne Routledge – provides speed and skill on right wing

With the speed and skill of Wayne on the right wing, and the dash of Argentine Jonas Gutierrez down the left wing, it seems that Newcastle now have the players to play in an attacking 4-4-2 formation every week.

With Peter Lovenkrands and Andy Carroll being the front two, it seems that we are set up  to score a lot of goals when Wayne and Jonas starts a game, and especially when Danny Guthrie also plays in central midfield.

Wayne talked to the Newcastle official site this morning about Wednesday night’s game:

“It was an enjoyable game to come back into on Wednesday and you can see the confidence in the side,””The only surprise was we didn’t get five or six. But it was a good game for me to find my feet again and I enjoyed it.”

“I don’t normally get injured so to get the calf problem when I did I was devastated. I’d had a good start and loved being part of the team so to miss a few games has been disappointing.”

“But I’m back now and I feel good. I’m a naturally fit guy anyway, but, to be fair, the physios and medical team here have done a great job with me;”

“I’ve been raring to get back in for the past couple of weeks but they’ve held me back.”   “Hopefully I’ll benefit from that and I felt sharp on Wednesday. I just can’t wait now for the next few games.”

The fact that Newcastle held Wayne back a little,  is more evidence that under Chris Hughton,  players are allowed to fully recover from their injuries before they return, and that’s good news, and only common sense after all.

Bristol City tomorrow afternoon will be no push-overs,  and of course they beat a good West Brom side recently – on February 21st Bristol beat WBA 2-1 at home – so they are a good side when in form.

And it looks like Wayne watched that game on TV as he continued:

“I watched on TV the other week when Bristol beat West Brom so we know what they’re capable of,””They’ve got some good players when they get their performance together and it will be tough.”

“But we’re the team in form and playing with confidence right now and it’s up to us to set the tone and hopefully get the three points.”

If we can get promotion we’ll all be hoping that Wayne can have a good season in the Premiership.   He’s played a lot of games there already of course, and next season will be a good time for him to finally come through big time – and in a Newcastle United shirt too!

Howay The Lads!!

Comments always very welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Cheeky loan bid for Riera anyone?

  • DJG

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Denfinately, can never have enough players considering injuries ect. Guttierez and Riera is a premiership left wing and cover if ever I saw it.

    I think this is a team good enough for the premier league.

    New Rb–Williamson–Collo—Enrique

  • DJG

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe sell Best and buy another premier class striker.

  • chuck

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe stick Taylor in at RB , apart from that it`s probably our strongest eleven.
    That being, does anyone agree that this side may struggle in the PL.
    Think we could use a bit more talent, bout ten or fifteen million worth aughta do it Mike !
    Takes investment to make money, No ?

  • kobrakai

    Mar 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Half of that team ain’t Premiership quality

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Wayne and Jonas is devastating for any side to have to contain. Jonas’ crazy runs and routledge as well, plus the service to the strykers 1st class. Put Guthrie in the middle with big andy as a target and lovenkrands making runs an we are lethal lads. We should put at least 3 in the onion bag a game with that squad. Lets go magpies stretch run for some silverware!!!!

  • GeordieBean

    Mar 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    i think we should sell Best Buy another striker and riera would be good for us :)?

  • nightfa11

    Mar 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8

    i disagree

    best XI is

    s.taylor wili colo enrique
    wayne guthrie nolan guti
    carroll loven

    id sell barton..sure he has quality, but i hate bullies..simple as that and as i pointed out several times before..this is a football club, not a rehabilitation centre.

    i agree..we should sell best..dont know why we bought him..he’s just keeping away our youngsters such as ranger & vuckic out of the team.. i have nothing against him..but buying him was a mistake.. if hughton wanted to sign a strikers he should bought some 30+ striker with talent & experience who’d help our youngsters improve & not keeping them away from the team..

    as for keeping nolan in the starting XI..i know he’s not the best player..but he’s a leader..he should be captain..& hes 10x better then smith.

    i think we should sell r.taylor, send hall back..barton, smith, shola, best..& get gary cahill, 1 cm midfielder preferably who could also play on the right – i know its a long shot but gourcuff..if hes avalible…get him..he’ll be worth 50mio in a few seasons..& for me he’s the only true zizou successor..

    as for striker..i have no idea to be honest..but sbd older..with bags of experience who’ll help carroll, ranger & vuckic & with that we’ll have a great front line in the next few years..

    but that’s just my opinion 🙂 feel free to disagree:D

  • nufc2009

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    do any of yee get the feeling tha hughton is building a ypung english side

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    nufc2009- no i dont, maybe he intends to and i’m sure we’d all love that but he doesn’t seem to be trying out any youngsters so i dunno where u got that from

  • nufc2009

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    turkish magpie mabe because he has bought williamson simpson routlage starting guthrie and waiting till the summmer to sign mre quality

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Williamson 26
    Simpson 22
    Routledge 25
    Guthrie 23

    not exactly young but still younger

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Wayne Rooney looks more like the missing link !

  • nufc2009

    Mar 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    turkish magpie but u get the point im trying to make

  • pearceet

    Mar 19, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #15

    We will have no idea what our best team is until next August!

    As I have already said on the other Routledge there are some players that I am unsure over (for the Premiership)

    We need a fair old personal change over the Summer and the vast majority of those should be in

  • Ashley Hole

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    We need attack…ATTACK! ATTACK!

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #17

    We wont know who is premiership quality until they play in the premiership. I think we have a good team and they will certainly need to step up their game if we have a chance of competing with the top 6 but I don’t think we would fear any bottom 14 premiership team especially at home.

  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #18

    So what are you saying – we’re a top 6 side?!!
    You are getting carried away by a few decent Championship results. We need more than mere reinforcements to survive next season. If you don’t think so, you’ve forgotten we are just a big fish in a small pond – and there’s much bigger ones in the lake next door.

  • Spuggy

    Mar 20, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    The best we can hope for next season if we’re promoted is 9th position – and that if we spend a few quid as well.

    We are miles off the top – usual top 4, Man city, spuds, everton, villa all at least 50-100 million quid ahead of us in todays market – and thats if players WANT to come to us. So it may be we rely on what we have with a few smart additions and BUILD a team over time, which will take a few seasons, and a lot of what some fans don’t have – patience!!


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